Hitman: Absolution is an action-adventure stealth video game developed by IO Interactive and published by Square Enix. It is the fifth entry in the Hitman game series, and runs on IO Interactive’s proprietary Glacier 2 game engine. Before release, the developers stated that Absolution would be easier to play and more accessible, while still retaining hardcore aspects of the franchise. The game was released on 20 November 2012, which is in the 47th week of the year (in reference to the protagonist, Agent 47). It received mixed reviews upon release, with the general consensus being that while the game remains faithful to the stealth genre, the gameplay deviates too much from the previous instalments.